CBD vs. THC and the Rest: Making Sense of the Options

CBD is rapidly gaining popularity on an international scale, but there is still plenty of confusion about what CBD is and how it compares to other cannabinoids.

Here is a quick overview of how CBD differs from some of these other substances.

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is, alongside cannabidiol (CBD), one of the two main substances found in the marijuana plant. While both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, there are many key differences.

First and foremost is the fact that THC, unlike CBD, is psychoactive. This means it can get you high, which makes it obviously more appealing to recreational users. CBD’s non-psychoactive properties, meanwhile, make it particularly appealing in the world of medicine, as doctors want to limit the amount of side effects a patient will experience as much as possible.

THC in high doses can cause anxiety or paranoia, while CBD actually has the opposite effect, being used in many cases as a means of relieving people of their anxiety.

Many people use marijuana as a sleep aid, because THC has many sleep-inducing effects. However, CBD by itself actually works to promote alertness and provide the body with more natural energy, which is another reason why it is so appealing in the natural products sphere.

CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil

CBD oil also differs from hemp oil in that CBD oil comes from the aerial parts of the cannabis plant (whether it’s hemp or marijuana), whereas hemp oil typically refers to the oil pressed from the seed. Hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids, but is a rich source of linoleic acid (Omega 6). Hemp is often mistaken for marijuana, but it has much lower levels of THC (the legal definition of hemp is any part of the plant must fall below 0.3% THC). It is important to understanding the difference between these when seeking alternative therapies.

CBD Oil vs. MCT Oil

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a type of fatty acid that comes in medium-length chains. MCT oil is used for a wide variety of purposes, from weight management to better brain function. A common source of MCTs is coconut or palm kernel oil, as approximately two thirds of the fatty acids in it are MCTs.

MCT oil is a food-grade oil that acts as a great carrier for CBD or other cannabinoids as it can play a synergistic role with energy and brain function.

10 thoughts on “CBD vs. THC and the Rest: Making Sense of the Options

  • I ordered a few CBD Oils from Amazon…After 2 weeks of use I felt really good for 2 consecutive days lol…but, I felt really good n I believe I may have gotten a sm taste of what CBD OIL offects may have on my body in higher quality higher purity of better hrmp *I AM CURRENTLY SEARCHING FOR THE BRAND THAT WORKS FOR ME THE BEST TO PURCHASE MONTHLY BUT NEEDS TO AFFORDABLE BECAUSE WILL WANT MY HUSBAND AND OUR DOG TO USE, ALSO*** ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED THANK YOU TAMMY

  • Will it damage the properties of the oil if I were to put this into my coffee in the morning (i.e. I am not sure if it is okay to heat it)? I like putting coconut oil into my coffee / tea but don’t want to damage or lose the effects of the CBD. Thank you!

  • I have an older Labrador that has arthritis & very stiff joints. Also has some fatty tumors. I’m looking for the CBD oil for her. The Paws says it’s MCT oil.
    What should I order for her? Tks

    • Our tinctures are a great way to start cannabinoid therapy! We use MCT oil as a carrier for the full spectrum hemp extract. We offer a 250 mg strength tincture that will be a good starting point. Simply dispense the dose on their food.

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